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The Day Lincoln Was Shot (original 1955; edition 1985)

by Jim Bishop (Author)

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Title:The Day Lincoln Was Shot
Authors:Jim Bishop (Author)
Info:Scholastic (1985),
Collections:Your library, historical
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Tags:Historical, Biography, Assassination, politics, president, Lincoln, Mudd, Booth

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The Day Lincoln Was Shot by Jim Bishop (1955)

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7 stars: Good.

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Good read. Very detailed, down to describing the wallpaper pattern in the house that the president was taken to after he was shot. Also describes in detail, Booth's day (both before and after the assassination) as well as the assassination attempt on Seward and his family and how Stanton took over (even though Johnson arrived --and left--the death watch). A fascinating book, with a chapter for each of 25 hours ( 7 AM through 7:59 AM the next day) and two chapters of background information.

Worth the read. ( )
  PokPok | May 13, 2013 |
Read this in high school and I still remember what a great read it was. A historical recreation that reads like a novel. The story of events surrounding the assassination of the president. Great read for history buffs or anyone else. ( )
  BryanThomasS | Nov 7, 2011 |
A gripping narrative that holds the reader's interest right up to the final page. I found myself wanting Bishop to keep going after Lincoln's death, since the book was such an absorbing read. Bishop says in the forward that the book is "pretty much a journalistic job," but acknowledges that some of the quotations are reconstructed rather than direct. The reconstructions are plausible, and it appears all the important quotes and activities are based on thorough documentation. This hour-by-hour recounting of 24 hours and 22 minutes of April 14 and 15, 1865, will appeal to general readers as well as history buffs. ( )
1 vote rainycamp | Jan 24, 2006 |
A decent overview of the day of Lincoln's assassination. ( )
  JBD1 | Jan 12, 2006 |
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Epigraph
Good Friday was the day
Of the prodigy and crime,
When they killed him in his pity,
When they killed him in his prime...
...They killed him in his kindness,
In their madness in their blindness,
And they killed him from behind...

He lieth in his blood -
The Father in his face;
They have killed him, the forgiver -
The Avenger takes his place...

There is sobbing of the strong,
And a pall upon the land;
But the People in their weeping
Bare the iron hand:
Beware the People weeping
When they bare the iron hand.
--Herman Melville
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Dedicated to My Dearest Friend, John M. Bishop, Who Is Also My Father
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This is a book about a day, a place and a murder - and about a wide variety of men and women.
The polished rosewood door swung back and the President of the United States came from his bedroom.
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Good Friday was the day Of the prodigy and crime When they killed him in his pity, When they killed him in his prime............ They killed him in his kindness, In their madness in their blindness, And they killed him from behind.....

He lieth in his blood - The father in his face; They have killed him, the forgiver - The Avenger takes his place.......

There is sobbing of the strong, and a pal upon the land; But the people in their weeping Bare the iron hand: Beware the people weeping When they bare the iron hand
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Twenty four dramatic hours in American history, told with startling realism and heart-stopping suspense. 
From 7:00 Am Friday until 7:22 am Saturday - the moment Abraham Lincoln drew his last breath - follow the deadly chain of events which plunged the nation and the world into deepest mourning.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0517446499, Hardcover)

Gripping, minute-by-minute account of the day President Lincoln was struck down by an assassin's bullet in Ford's Theatre. Parallels of the activities of the President with those of his assassin in an unforgettable, suspense- filled chronicle. 320 pages.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:57:01 -0400)

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This book provides an account of the day President Lincoln was shot. Hour by hour, it chronicles the movements of the President and his assassin during the day of the tragedy.

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